"I'd never punted in the NFL," said Feely, a nine-year pro. "I had one punt in college. I punted one game in high school when our guy was sick. I was not very comfortable out there."
It was touch-and-go at times, but it was good enough. Feely even managed to pin the Bengals a few times, though it wasn't something he intended.
"I'm bad enough that I'm a good pooch punter," said Feely, who punted seven times for a 31.4-yard average and pinned Cincinnati inside its 20 three times. "I tried to hit it as good as I could, and that's where it's going to end up."
Weatherford expected to do the punting and warmed up before the game, played in single-digit wind chills. He didn't feel good as the kickoff approached.
"I got a little lightheaded and I had an elevated heart rate," Weatherford said. "It wasn't life-threatening, but any time it's your heart ..."
"I'm hoping he's OK," Ryan said. "Maybe it was just a little anxiety. Who knows?"
The coaches then told Feely that he would have to do the punting.
"You go out and try to do your best," he said.
Feely's first punt was low and wobbly, traveling just 33 yards. Rico Murray ran it back 23 yards, setting up Cincinnati's first touchdown. Feely got better after that.
"That was definitely the most nervous I have been in the NFL, before that first punt," Feely said. "It wasn't a thing of beauty."
His coaches saw it differently.
Feely also got the better of Graham when the game was on the line.
Feely kicked a 42-yard field goal on the Jets' opening drive of the second half, but it was wiped out by a holding penalty. He then was ready to kick from 52 yards, but a false start scuttled that play. He wound up punting to the Cincinnati 12.
The Bengals then drove into field-goal range, but Graham -- Cincinnati's franchise-tagged player -- was wide left from 35 yards.
Feely's 20-yard field goal with 5:47 to go put the Jets in control. The game essentially ended when Graham was wide right from 28 yards with 3:49 left.
"There isn't anything you can say about that," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "When you miss the field goal, you miss the field goal. It's a shame, and it killed us. Unfortunately in this case, it is mostly a one-man operation, and that is the sad part of it. Shayne feels worse than anybody. Those points obviously make a big difference."
Graham didn't wait around to do interviews after the game.
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